After three amazing days in Athens we hopped on a boat to continue our honeymoon in the Cyclades Islands.
We left from the Port of Rafina near Athens to greet the island of Mykonos and the ride was about two hours and a half (the travel time varies depending on which boat you take) and pretty enjoyable since you get a chance to see beautiful views of the islands along the way. There is about 200 islands you can visit in Greece so choosing a few wasn’t easy but we were looking for some gorgeous white sand beaches during our trip and we felt like Mykonos had what we wanted.
The first thing that caught my eye in Mykonos was the extremely bright sunlight and the way it highlights the unique and pure architecture. The white facades, grey floors, and blue doors create a dramatic and exotic palette. We felt far from the continent, and that’s exactly what we are hoping for.
We stayed at the boutique-hotel Livin Mykonos offering us beautiful sunset views. On a side note, we actually had booked a room at the My Mykonos hotel because the interiors looked gorgeous in the pictures, but the hotel had a plumbing problem and cancelled our reservation the day before our arrival! With that said, the staff offered us an upgrade right away to a suite on their sister property, Livin Mykonos, witch ended up being more quiet and relaxing.
We rented a little car right away (not an automatic, driving a stick is definitely required to travel there!) to get around and decided to enjoy a very laid-back first day at Elia Beach. We spent most of the day there. The beach and water were absolutely stunning, as we call it in french “the postcard view”. We also had a really nice lunch at the Elia Beach Restaurant steps away from our cabana which made it difficult to leave.
Later in the day, we went on a little adventure around the island and visited Ano Mera, located in the center of the island. Along the way, we stopped every time we saw a cute little corner which happens every five minutes when you’re driving around the Greek Islands!
Walking on the charming streets of Mykonos was probably one of my favorite experiences, the surrounding architecture and landscapes are simply breathtaking. I’d recommend enjoying downtown in the early mornings as finding parking gets pretty difficult later in the day.
Our adventures continued onto the island of Paros, which is about an hour away from Mykonos. We choose Paros because it’s kind of off-the-grid, quieter, and less touristy. It sounded like a nice balance to us.
We stayed at the very charming Argonauta Hotel, perfectly-located, just a 5min walk from the port of Paros. I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the room upon our arrival since we had a non-renovated room, but the charming courtyard, amenities, and delicious breakfast make up for it. The staff was also extremely nice as I got very sick the first night and they helped my husband to get me some soda and some food so I could feel better and keep enjoying our trip!
Paros was wonderful, we spent a day at at the beach to rest since I was feeling under the weather and then we were finally able to explore at the end of the day. We stopped in the central village of Lefkes on our way to Naousa from a beach in the South. Lefkes is a charming village located on a top of a hill offering some beautiful views of the Aegan Sea.
Naousa was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. We were charmed by this lovely village that sits on the water on the north of the island. We enjoyed a nice walk in the streets during the golden hour and some night shopping, finding gorgeous ceramics to bring back home. If we were to go back to Paros, we’d probably stay there.
Have you visited the Cyclades? What did you love the most about it? Leave a comment below!
Stay tuned next week for the last part of our honeymoon : Santorini!